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Silicone Fabric Coatings (Syl-Mer): "The Invisible Protectors" 1956 Dow Corning

In 2013 I was awarded one of the first Dow Sustainability Fellowships at the University of Michigan. I used this opportunity to request a visit to Dow Chemical headquarters. After passing through an anti-terrorist checkpoint and having my cell phone camera censored, I had lunch and a tour along with five other fellows, each representing the schools of Public Health, Public Policy, Law, Business, and Natural Resources and Environment.  This tour included an extensive walk through one of Dow’s animal testing facilities. Because my tools for recording the experience were taken from me, I relied on asking an employee with an uncensored phone to take the only photo documentation I have inside Dow. To support this lone photograph, I have objects, photographs of my censored phone taken after my departure, images reconstructed from memory, and storytelling as a means to share the experience. My intentions for the work are to share with others the tremendous complexity of dealing with issues of sustainability.

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